National Trustees Week took place between 13-17 November, and we celebrated with a trustee event and some of the stories from our own trustees and others in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Trustee surgery

We held a trustee surgery event on Tuesday 14 October, which was designed to support both existing trustees and people considering taking on a trustee position.

One of the attendees was Albert Blake from the Leicester Jamaica Community Service Group, who said:

The evening session did make it accessible to more of our committee members... [it] helped us to identify areas for urgent attention and provided links and tools for us to use in the development challenges we are faced with. I personally enjoyed the relaxed informal approach.

One of our new committee members had an early opportunity to witness the support available from VAL and learn how to access it, the session proved to be an excellent addition to her induction.

This was a very useful event for us and I would recommend it to other groups if it is repeated.

Trustee stories

A number of our own trustees provided their stories of and inspirations behind joining VAL's trustee board. You can find our trustees' stories here:

Many thanks to our trustees for giving up their time to tell us their stories.

We also received some stories from across the local voluntary sector. Huge thanks to Lorraine Mirham from the Zinthiya Trust and David Lindley from LOROS and the Bradgate Park Trust for their contributions.

Get involved

If you'd like to become a trustee, why not consider becoming a VAL trustee?

If you'd like to understand more about being a trustee, or if you're already a trustee and feel you could use some support, you can contact our Voluntary Sector Support team.

You can also search for trustee roles on our VAL Volunteering website.